Washington, D.C. (April 3, 2023)—The International Churchill Society (ICS) is pleased to announce that Laurence Geller CBE, ICS Chairman and the Founder of the National Churchill Leadership Center (NCLC) at George Washington University, has donated a bust of Sir Winston Churchill created by famed British sculptor Ivor Roberts-Jones. “My family and I are very pleased to have this bust as a permanent fixture at the Center. We hope George Washington University students, staff, and faculty alike will take a moment to admire it and consider the meaning of its presence,” said ICS President Randolph Churchill.
Geller stated, “Since I became Chairman of ICS more than twenty years ago, I have been guided by the three W’s: work, wisdom, and wealth. I hope this gift inspires others to honor these traits and give generously to the Society.”
The bust, created in 1973, is one of six full-scale busts created from the artist’s original mold of the full-length sculpture in Parliament Square, London. The bust has been on long-term loan to the NCLC and has a value of nearly a quarter of a million dollars. With this gift of art, Geller’s lifetime giving to Churchill-related causes totals nearly $10 million.
“This iconic bust has welcomed visitors to the National Churchill Leadership Center with its robust and steadfast presence. This donation is a monument to Laurence’s longtime leadership and an inspiration as we work to keep history alive and tangible,” said International Churchill Society Executive Director Justin Reash.
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